Both Shane Owens and John Anderson both caused a standing ovation when they introduced Randy Travis, who was in the crowd at their shared March gig at The Texan Theater. Travis was the executive producer of Shane’s new CD, and was obviously an avid fan as he watched both Shane and his old friend, John Anderson. And between sets, John Anderson took a short visit with Randy in the audience, and the two of them actually were seen crying, in ppreciation of one another and because of the length of time since they’d had a chance to visit. A great/classic sight to behold.
And when John called Shane back out for a encore, he showed his admiration for Shane, as well, when he kicked off with “Chicken Truck,” one of the new songs on Shane’s CD.
Shane Owens is a winner is the truest sense of the word — a man with values, with a work ethic, with talent, with tenacity. And his music reflects that in every song he sings, whether it be on his CDs or his videos. The Alabama-turned-Nashville country musician is bringing all that and sharing the stage Sunday with classic country icon John Anderson to The Texan Theater in Greenville, Texas. (www.TexanTheaterGreenville.com)
Owens will be bringing his latest CD, Where I’m Comin’ From which features his charted song, “All The Beer In Alabama,” with him. He said he’ll also be ready to exchange handshakes and hugs with absolutely everyone following the concert.
This CD, on AmeriMonte Records which also produced Ray Price’s final CD, “Beauty Is…”, has as one of its executive producers another iconic country artist, Randy Travis. “I am blessed to call him friend,” Owens said. “He great people. I idolized him growing up. And when he heard my voice, I was told he said, ‘Wow, this kid is country as can be. I’d like to get together with him and be a part of this (recording) project.’ Me being traditional country, which I know is the good stuff.”
The title song on Where I’m Comin’ From seems autobiographical of Owens’ own southern upbringing. And the video is filled with scenes from his school, his family, and the countryside he called home.
“I grew up in Alabama, and we ain’t got a lot to do here except peanut and cattle farm. I grew up in
church, and me and my sisters sang there. I listened to my granddad’s country music and fishing and football, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I lettered in football for four years, then broke my arm and decided to try it as a musician.” He said one of his sisters is a twin, born one minute after he was.
Of the music he learned at his grandfather’s knee, of the singing he and his siblings offered up in church, he said, “They are very good singers, but I’m the only one who pursued it. And I’m finally starting to make a little headway.”
Owens does write, a lot, but regarding this CD, he said, “I’ve got some of the best songwriters and people around me like Dan Murph and Phillip Douglas. It means everything to have those people in your corner; and there’s Randy Travis and others in Nashville believing in my songs. We are writing songs that people can relate to, about the everyday events that me and you and everybody goes through. I write songs everybody can relate to and about real life. Even sometimes about tragedies. Tragedies are a part of every day life. All of these songs are written with a lot of heart.”
His next CD project, he said, will have more of his own songs on it, but for this one, he chose “some of the best in Nashville were pitching me great songs, and we didn’t want to waste a one of them.”
One of those values with which Shane remains true — besides not drinking, drugging, getting in trouble with the law (Owens said he’s never even had a traffic ticket.) — is family.
“I eat, breath, and live country music. But I prioritize everything. I am admittingly a family man first. When I am at home, I shut down and spend time with the family. I love taking my boys, my wife, and my dad fishing. My little boy, my smallest child, is like Dennis the Menace — he gets into everything. I get a lot of material (for songs) from the family.
“Things are just right, just the way they are. I’ve been blessed to be brought up the way I was brought up. And I’ve learned the hard way that you’ve got to be yourself. And that’s what’s gonna sell — me being me. Maybe this whole thing is meant to be, and I’ve been through all of this for a reason, and the third time’s the charm.” Owens was referring to the first two Nashville recording projects that got shelved for Nashville reasons and never released. This new one, Where I’m Comin’ From,” is worth the wait.
About Sunday’s show in Greenville, Shane said, “I’ll do some Randy Travis songs.” And as an aside, Shane was one of many appreciative Randy Travis fans who participated in a recent tribute to Randy in Nashville. “And I, like
Randy, like to mix and mingle, I love everybody. I try not to be a stranger and I think that’s another thing that separates me from some of the others. I couldn’t stand to go hear people who wouldn’t visit with their fans. I will, every time. I appreciate the people who feed me. I love to see people happy, and it’s an awesome feeling to be able to help provide some of that happiness.”
After the Greenville concert with John Anderson, which Owens said he’s been grateful to have worked with Anderson several times recently, he’s “re-grouping in Nashville, and then going on radio tour in Iowa, Wisconsin and Indiana, where I’ll hug more necks and shake more hands. The single is doing really well, and I want to show everybody how much I appreciate it.”
A pendulum swings both ways, and now it’s swinging back toward real country music, Owens said. “I am so overwhelmed and so blessed to have all these great names in true country standing behind me and I’m bound to do all I can to keep traditional country music.”
The photos from Sunday’s concert will be posted soon afterward and linked in this article. Also, for more information and tour dates, go to www.ShaneOwensCountry.com.
Also, be sure and make your reservation for Sunday’s concert. Tickets to all concerts at The Texan Theater include a 4-course dinner, drinks, tips — everything necessary to spoil you rotten!
Call 24 hours ahead of time, 903-259-6360, or click on the link provided above.